Wendy Williams Diagnosed with Aphasia, Dementia

Wendy Williams Diagnosed with Aphasia, Dementia

(DailyDig.com) – A longtime talk show host, Wendy Williams, received a diagnosis last year of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and primary progressive aphasia, according to her team’s February 22 press release.

From 2008 to 2021, Williams hosted “The Wendy Williams Show” but has been battling with her health issues for the last few years. Williams began to show signs of struggling while attempting to process and understand simple information, according to her representatives. Her speech and behavior prompted them to seek medical help for her.

According to the press release, her team’s attention to her problems allowed her diagnosis to be confirmed. The specialists who worked with her at Weill Cornell Medicine have given Williams the care and medical treatment that she requires.

Williams’ representative stated that she has been able to help with her own care and do some things on her own. She was even able to approve the press release.

The condition known as frontotemporal dementia impacts a person’s cognitive and behavioral functions. It normally begins with slow changes in their personality, which include aggressive outbursts and slowly cause memory loss. It is considered a disease of atrophy in the brain; a person’s temporal and frontal lobes are affected.

Primary progressive aphasia affects the person’s communication abilities. It sometimes occurs following a stroke or head injury. It also may develop slowly due to degenerative physiology impacting the brain.

Williams’ team decided to make the announcement of her condition in order to support others who are facing the same type of condition, according to the statement. They want to raise the public’s awareness of this condition so that others understand and have compassion for those suffering.

The statement added that the stigma regarding individuals, as they initially begin behaving strangely, must be eliminated and replaced with understanding. Finding medical help to receive a diagnosis will help eliminate some of the fear and frustration these people face.

People middle-aged and older tend to suffer from FTD and aphasia, with women and men equally affected, per Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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